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Crisp: Copyediting, Third Edition [Paperback]

Karen Judd
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Aug. 13 2001 Crish Trade Book
Filled with sound, practical advice, this book is a must if you wish to become an effective copyeditor.

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"Every item intended for reading should be copyedited," says Karen Judd: books and periodicals, of course, but also appliance instructions and menus. Strange, then, that Judd's Copyediting is one of the few resources on the subject, but no matter. It's a terrific guidebook. Judd takes on all aspects of copyediting with startling authority, from copyediting symbols to advice on getting work. Intervening chapters cover punctuation and grammar, spelling, style and word usage, numbers and abbreviations, specialized copyediting, proofreading, and more. "Copyeditors ... know that Massachusetts is a commonwealth, not a state," says Judd. "They would know exactly how to address the pope if they met him. They don't mind going back over 1,000 manuscript pages because they have just decided to spell out numbers up to 100 after all." While they need not be good spellers or trivia buffs, they need to know when to look up a word or fact. And, though copyeditors tend to be stringent about the uses and abuses of language, "Copyediting means doing what the publisher wants, whether you agree with it or not." --Jane Steinberg

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Karen Judd, editing manager at McGraw Hill, Inc., has nurtured from typescript to print, manuscripts as diverse and challenging as mystery novels, articles onm multiple regression analysis, and calculus textbooks. Formerly production manager at Random House and managing editor at Harper & Row's 1980 Cass Canfield Sabbatical to complete Copyediting: A Practical Guide, her first book. In addition, she has taught copyediting at the University of California and in publishing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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As the back cover of the book explains, the word "copyediting" doesn't appear in most dictionaries. And it is both an art and science to be able to capably copyedit writing. So why is it almost unknown, both literally and figuratively?
Well, as a friend of the author says, "...I see my job as making my work invisible." Copyediting is the art and science of preparing written work for publication. The copyeditor will check for any and all types of errors that might be found in text, including making sure the facts stated are correct. If the copyeditor has done his or her job correctly, you'll never realize they were there.
It's a tough discipline and it requires exactly that-discipline. This book does an excellent job of covering the ins-and-outs of copyediting, making it a valuable tool for writers and editors alike. Anyone who writes for a living or hopes to do so wuold do well to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed, hands-on, in a manageable size Feb. 26 2002
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This is, indeed, a practical, information-packed guide, with lots of exercises, answer keys, and checklists. It doesn't go over every point of grammar--you can get that from your other reference books--but it does tell you most of what there is to know about pen-and-paper copyediting.
The book shows its age whenever computers are mentioned; Judd's comments on these magical machines are amusing and entertaining, but not very useful. I found it worthwhile, but if you edit online or on disk, this may not be the best book for you.
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As the back cover of the book explains, the word "copyediting" doesn't appear in most dictionaries. And it is both an art and science to be able to capably copyedit writing. So why is it almost unknown, both literally and figuratively?
Well, as a friend of the author says, "...I see my job as making my work invisible." Copyediting is the art and science of preparing written work for publication. The copyeditor will check for any and all types of errors that might be found in text, including making sure the facts stated are correct. If the copyeditor has done his or her job correctly, you'll never realize they were there.
It's a tough discipline and it requires exactly that-discipline. This book does an excellent job of covering the ins-and-outs of copyediting, making it a valuable tool for writers and editors alike. Anyone who writes for a living or hopes to do so wuold do well to read this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Copyediting: A Practical Guide May 27 2004
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A standard work in the field of editing originally designed for writers, editors, proofreaders, and copy editors by now widely used as a basic guide for treatment of written content. Its concern is with consistency, style, good usage, grammar and all the other elements of works longer than a memo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nuts and Bolts April 26 2000
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This is a great nuts and bolts volume for the beginning copyeditor. Judd covers nearly everything you need to learn. She follows Chicago Manual of Style fairly closely and when she doesn't, she tells you. This book also includes exercises to allow you to polish your skills. One of the most useful I have read on this topic.
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